The Voyager golden record

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to take a look at one of my favorite human cultural artifacts – the Voyager golden record.

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Golden phonograph recordings were included on both Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. They include a diverse array of information about our species – including instructions on how to make a record player, in case the records are ever intercepted by intelligent life. (Neither probe is headed for any particular star system, but Voyager 1 will pass somewhat near Gliese 445 in about 40,000 years.)

The records include greetings in many human languages, images from the Earth and around the solar system, a variety of Earth music (also available as a Spotify playlist), as well as a variety of Earth and other nature sounds.

Far distant from the rest of human output, the Voyager probes and their golden records serve as a glimpse at our species which will possibly outlive us. I think that’s pretty neat!

What are your thoughts on space travel? Would you want to be an astronaut? Let us know in the comments!

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